Senior Daniel Vardag was one of five Owls to win its singles match during Saturday's 5-2 win over UTSA in Tampa
Feb. 13, 2010
The Florida Atlantic University men's tennis team won consecutive matches for the first time this season as the Owls defeated the University of Texas-San Antonio 5-2 on Saturday afternoon in Tampa.
The win improves FAU to 3-2 on the season and the Owls will return to the court on Friday, February 19 against in-state rival University of Central Florida. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton. UTSA falls 3-2 on the spring dual match season.
The Owls won five of the six singles matches to rally from an early deficit. Junior Ervin Garibovic cruised to a straight-set victory at No. 3 singles to even the match after the Roadrunners won the only possible doubles point. Garibovic won 6-3 and 6-1 to clinch his second straight singles victory.
Fellow junior Joshua Scholl earned a victory in the No. 5 singles position by scores of 6-2 and 6-4. Junior Marc Abdelnour picked up a two-set victory to anchor the singles lineup to put the Owls on the verge of victory with a 6-4 and winning a second set tiebreaker 7-4.
Senior Daniel Vardag clinched the team victory with the fourth point by earning a three set victory. He won the opening set 6-3 but had to withstand a late rally by winning the deciding third set by a 6-1 margin.
Lawrence Harradine rallied to pick up a victory at No. 2 singles to round out the Owls' singles victories. The senior won 6-3 and 6-4 after dropping the opening frame.
Florida Atlantic 5, Texas-San Antonio 2
No. 1 Marc Abdelnour (FAU) def. Rodrigo Morgado (UTSA) 6-4, 7-6 (4)
No. 3 Ervin Garibovic (FAU) def. Martin Ayala (UTSA) 6-3, 6-1
No. 4 Dan Vardag (FAU) def. Max Stratmann (UTSA) 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
No. 5 Joshua Scholl (FAU) def. Daniel Moreiras (UTSA) 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 Jorge Delgado (UTSA) def. Derek Madon (FAU) 7-6 (7), 6-7 (4), 1-0 (10-8)
No. 1 Ayala/Pedro Zanotelli (UTSA) def. Abdelnour/Harradine (FAU) 8-6
No. 2 Brown/Stratmann (UTSA) def. Vardag/Scholl (FAU) 8-7 (4)
No. 3 Morgado/Moreiras (UTSA) def. Matthew Braunworth/Garibovic (FAU) 8-3